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Poverty Kills

Every now and again the rich world has its nose rubbed in the true meaning of poverty. The coronavirus pandemic is but the latest example. We need to make sure it's the last. As I write, aid agencies around the world are trying to ramp up their reaction to COVID-19. Yet my fear is that all this frenetic activity may do little more than underline the brutal reality that there is really not a lot we can do at short notice. Or rather, that the meaningful work we can do, of reinforcing basic public health messaging and measures, is going to seem woefully inadequate.

Open letter from African intellectuals to leaders over COVID-19

Prominent thinkers urge continent's leaders to use coronavirus pandemic crisis as opportunity to spur 'radical change

RCN goes Virtual

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic affecting the whole world, the Resource Centre Network (RCN) has postponed all face-face NLLAP meetings until advised otherwise. To cope with this and keep our community active, the RCN has launched an online learning platform to keep the doors of sharing and learning open in these unprecedented times.

Ghana Standards Authority certifies solar automated hand washing machine

The Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) has granted a product certification for the solar powered automated hand washing machine invented by a Ghanaian to encourage safe hand-washing practices. The product, manufactured by Mr Richard Kwarteng, a resident of Kumasi in the Ashanti Region, enables individuals to wash their hands under running water without touching the tap or knob of the water receptacle

What does a COVID-19 response look like with limited water?

NAIROBI — As the World Health Organization echoes some of its key advice around preventing the spread of COVID-19 — washing hands regularly or using an alcohol-based rub — many are wondering what this means for people around the world with limited access to water.

Opinion: COVID-19 a collective failure, an unprecedented opportunity

Closure of Europe and high-income countries in peacetime may be unprecedented, but the war against preventable diseases such as COVID-19, cholera, polio, measles, and Ebola has long been raging for the 3 billion people who lack basic hand-washing facilities in their homes

Implementing practical transition management for improving access to WASH services and groundwater management: case of Dodowa, Ghana

The Department of Civil Engineering and the Regional Water and Environmental Sanitation Centre Kumasi (RWESCK) of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in collaboration Resource Centre Network (RCN) held a workshop on 'implementing practical transition management for improving access to Water, Sanitation, Hygiene (WASH) services and groundwater self-supply'

Evaluation of the User Experience of Container Based Sanitation Service of Clean TeamGhana

I-San UK in collaboration with Resource Centre Network (RCN) are organised a National Level Learning Alliance Platform (NLLAP) workshop on “Evaluation of the User Experience of Container Based Sanitation Service of Clean Team Ghana”. I-San UK conducted a study on Evaluation of the User Experience of Container Based Sanitation (CBS) Service of Clean Team Ghana in Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly.

IRC hosts Second National Learning Exchange on District-wide initiatives for SDG6

Accra, Ghana, December 10, 2019 - IRC Ghana, WaterAid Ghana and Water4/ Access Development, in collaboration with their respective target District Assemblies - Asutifi North in the Ahafo Region, Bongo in the Upper East Region and Wassa East Municipal in the Western Region, jointly convened the second national learning exchange on district-wide initiative focused on strengthening strong local systems to deliver safe and sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services for everyone.

A shared vision on the road to full WASH coverage

It is an exciting day in Panaaba, a farming community in the Asutifi North District of the newly created Ahafo Region in Ghana. The people led by Nana Attakorah Amaniapong, a representative of the Chief of Panaaba, are gathered under a mango tree to welcome two guests from the Conrad Hilton Foundation; Vice President of Strategy and Programs – Marc J. Holley, and Senior Program Officer - Chris Dunston.

World Vision launches School's Sanitation Solution Challenge

World Vision has launched a Schools Sanitation Solution challenge to encourage students to write an open letter to the President of the Republic of Ghana and to identify a major sanitation problem in their schools or communities.

Budget Tracking and Analysis of WASH Expenditure in Bongo and Kassena Nankana West Districts

The Resource Centre Network (RCN), in collaboration with WaterAid Ghana organized a national dissemination meeting on “Budget Tracking and Analysis of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Expenditure in Bongo and Kassena Nankana West Districts,” on Thursday, August 22, 2019 at the Coconut Grove Hotel in Accra at 9am. Find below synopsis of budget tracking and analysis of WASH expenditure in Bongo and Kassena Nankana West District.

Nine Local Assemblies awarded cash prizes for excellence in urban liquid waste management in Ghana

The winners of the Dignified City Award, the last stage of the UK Aid-funded Sanitation Challenge for Ghana Prize, were announced on Wednesday 24 July 2019 at a grand award ceremony at the Marriott Hotel in Accra, Ghana. Nine Metropolitan Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) were awarded a total prize purse of £1,285,000 for excellence in the implementation of urban liquid waste management strategies and exploring inclusive partnership to influence innovations, expertise and investments in the target localities towards bringing transformational changes to city-wide sanitation service delivery.

Six Ghanaian Private Partners Win CASH Prizes at the Dignified City Award Event

The UK-Aid funded Sanitation Challenge for Ghana Dignified City Award event recognized 6 private partners with a total cash prize of USD 225,000 for excellence in working with local governments in implementing urban liquid waste management strategies July 24, 2019 in Accra, Ghana. The 6 winners of the Bill and Melinda Gate Foundation-supported private sector and non-state actor Prize, a component of the final stage of the Sanitation Challenge for Ghana, were announced and presented with the awards under the distinguished patronage of the Office of the President of the republic of Ghana and hosted by the Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources.

Empowerment in WASH Index: A tool for ensuring Inclusive and Sustainable WASH Services

The Resource Centre Network (RCN), in collaboration with MSWR and IRC Ghana, invite you to the National Learning Alliance Platform (NLLAP) on Thursday April 11, 2019 at the Coconut Grove Hotel (09:00-13:00) on the above theme. Empowerment in WASH Index (EWI) - A tool for measuring empowerment in the WASH sector, capturing multiple dimensions of empowerment - thereby ensuring inclusive and sustainable WASH services has been developed. The Queen’s University, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and IRC will lead the discussion under the DfID-funded REACH Empowerment in WASH Project.

Government Calls For Private Sector Investment In WASH

The Vice President Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has indicated government’s preparedness to partner with private investors in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector to turn the current seemingly helpless sanitation situation into viable job creation opportunities for the youth. 

President Akufo-Addo Inaugurates Inter-Ministerial SDGs Implementation Committee

The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Thursday, 7th September, 2017, inaugurated a 15-member Inter-Ministerial Committee for the implementation of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

RESEARCH CALL:International comparative study of models for Ghana’s proposed National Sanitation Authority (NSA), and associated support to the Government of Ghana’s decision-making around design of the NSA

Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) is seeking the services of Consultant(s), Individual Researchers and Research Institutions to undertake an international comparative study of models for Ghana’s proposed National Sanitation Authority (NSA), and associated support to the Government of Ghana’s decision-making around design of the NSA.

Sekondi-Takoradi: 21 persons arrested for open defecation

21 persons have been arrested by a joint taskforce of Police and Environmental Health Officers for openly defecating at unauthorized spaces within Sekondi Takoradi metropolis in the Western Region.

Four jailed for dumping waste at an unauthorized place

Four tricycle riders arrested for dumping waste at an authorized place have been sentenced to one month imprisonment each by the Kumasi Magistrate Court. They are Kwadwo Abedi, Stephen Ampong, Karim Mohammed and Ishau Abukom. The court, presided over by Mrs. Doreen Smith Arthur, ordered that they additionally signed a bond not to indiscriminately dispose of refuse for one year. 

GH¢485 Million Needed To End Open Defecation

The government need to mobilise GH¢485 million to finance about 970,559 households who require some form of financing to own household latrines.This is based on the assumption that a basic improved latrine will cost GH¢500 per household. Research by a Ghanaian consulting firm, CDC Consult and presented at the National Basic Sanitation Forum in July indicated that 1.21 million households, forming 19.3 per cent of households in Ghana were without toilets.

Global Communities Invents Plastic Slab Latrine To Replace Wooden And Cement Slabs

Global Communities, an International Non-Governmental Organisation in collaboration with the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources and Duraplast Ghana, a plastic manufacturing company in Ghana has developed a plastic slab latrine they have christened “Digni Loo” to replace non-resilient wooden and unaffordable cement slaps currently being used in the construction of household latrines in most rural areas in Ghana.

UNICEF Advocates For Information Sharing And Learning To Accelerate Rural Sanitation In Ghana

The UNICEF Ghana Chief of WASH, Mr. David Duncan has advised WASH sector partners to share more information on WASH programme implementation in the rural areas which were yielding results in order to accelerate the process of scaling up Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) across the country.

Sanitation agency, Gates Foundation set aside $ 22,500 for Ghana’s waste management

The Community Water and Sanitation Agency in collaboration with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) have set aside $22,500 prize package to motivate private and non-state actor innovators implement liquid waste management strategies in the country.

Adhere to National Guidelines in CLTS Implementation-WASH Sector Stakeholders Advised

The Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources (MSWR) Mr. Joseph Kofi Adda has urged all WASH sector players to adhere to the National Guidelines in the implementation of their Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) programmes rather than the project-specific guidelines currently being used by some organisations.

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